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. natalie morales joins us, as does jenna wolfe. ann is still in haiti. we're going to check in with her from the capital of port-au-prince in just a moment. >>> first, though, here is the very latest. the "uss s carl vinson" has now arrived off the haiti coast, carrying supplies and rescue teams from the u.s. are also on the ground. survivors have been pulled from the rubble of collapsed buildings overnight, but time is of the essence. according to the state department, a shipment of food is expected tomorrow, this as looting and security are becoming major concerns for the military. >> but we want to check back in with ann for more of what's happening now down in haiti. hey, ann, good morning. what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning, natalie. in fact, what you and matt were just talking about is all part of the new u.s. military footprint here on the ground in haiti. though there have been c-130s that have been seeking out civilians and have been very effective overnight, the truth is, with the "carl vinson" offshore, and as you can see behind me, those are navy choppers over t
, jackson. i'm from holy cross. there's a bunch of us. they brought in ten total doctors, nurses, surgeons, kind of assess, triage, treat -- >> was it hard to raise the funds to make this possible? >> no, no, people want to sgiv. >> outpouring. what is your mission? what are you doing? >> right now, we're here for 20 hours. we've come, we're not going to spend the night. we're here to assess, triage. we've brought supplies. holy cross donated supplies at a moment's notice and we're here to do whatever we can. >> we don't want to hold you -- >> we'll be sending daily flights down, so -- >> terrific. thank you so much. >> appreciate it, guys. thank you. >> that's really the story from here. there are just tons of people coming in and people like anna morrison who are heading into the job of trying to help the people who could not -- they need more than can possibly could arrive. >> all right, ann and al, thanks very much. we're going to check back in with you in a couple of minutes, but first, let's get a check of the rest of the morning's top stories. natalie has the headlines. >> that's ri
't have any exact numbers now. i'm very proud of the u.s. government response. the president ordered a swift, coordinated, aggressive effort. we've got the airport open, thanks to the u.s. military. we've got our civilian search-and-rescue teams on the ground, thanks to usaid and fema. we are doing all we can to figure out how best to attack the devastation all around, and this is going to be a long-term effort. we have the immediate crisis of trying to save those lives that can be saved, to deal with the injured and the dead, to try to provide food, water, medical supplies, some semblance of shelter, and then to work with our haitian partners, the government of haiti, ngos, others to begin the rebuilding process. >> you mentioned the government of haiti. right now we know that many government buildings were badly damaged or destroyed, including the presidential palace and parliament. the president is safe, but there are legislators and ministers who are still among the missing. is the government effectively up and running at this point? is there someone in charge and are you concern
for shelter. they've been out with us all morning and we thank them. it's awfully nice of them. i'm matt lauer along with ann curry, filling in while meredith is taking a little time off, although meredith wouldn't be here at this time. and al roker and natalie's inside. we'll check with her in a second. >>> coming up this half hour, a tragic story in south florida. after partying out on the town on new year's -- or celebrating the new year -- 26-year-old paula sliduski was never seen again. her body actually found in a dumpster in north miami. we're going to hear from her sister and get the latest on the investigation in just a couple of minutes. >> very sad. >>> on another note, earlier this morning, we heard from richard heene, the father of the so-called balloon boy. he made some very strong statements and surprising statements in his remarks to you, matt. so, we're going to hear what he had to say before he begins his jail sentence. basically, he says that there are others who lied, that he -- >> the entire sheriff's department he says lied. he says the sheriff lied and everybody that cre
in the case. >>> and the so-called tiger woods' defense being used by the lawyer for the mack accused of blackmailing david letterman. in court papers, joe halderman's attorney is using a aspect of the woods' sex scandal to get his client's charges dismissed. >>> we're going to begin with the deep freeze that's gripping much of the country. we'll get to al's forecast in just a moment. we'll start with nbc's jeff rossen, who is in new york's times square, freezing. jeff, good morning. >> reporter: a few blocks away, it feels like you sent me to siberia. in new york city, you saw it on the plaza, 20 degrees outside. with the wind chill, it feels about five or six degrees. i was going to complain about that. but then i looked up the temperature in des moines, eye. with the wind chill there, it feels like negative 25. a lot of cities this morning are dealing with the bitterly cold like we are. other cities are dealing with the heavy snow, many are dealing with both at once. as snow piles up in the northeast -- and temperatures dip well below zero in the midwest -- you have the winter weat
to be a big part of that. >> reporter: as rescue teams mobilize from around the globe, the u.s. is pledging its full support. >> we will be providing both civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance and our prayers are with the people who have suffered. their families and their loved ones. >> reporter: some people who were able to get a cell phone signal out of haiti last night despite hearing the screams of people trapped inside buildings, but also the cheers of rescuers able to pull some victims out alive. natalie? >> such a horrific situation, obviously. every rescue we will be hearing about the next couple of days. michelle kosinski, thanks so much. in miami. as michelle mentioned, american missionary gilian thorpe was trapped in the rubble of one building. her husband, frank thorpe, helped rescue her. matt spoke with him earlier on "today" about what he is seeing in port-au-prince. >> reporter: it is worse than a war zone. thousands and thousands of haitians on the streets because their buildings and houses collapsed and they can't live in them. we have been woken
mid teens in some places. it is a major concern for fruit growers who are using sprinklers to put ice on their crops to try to protect them from the deep freeze. nato officials say that three american service members died today in a battle with militants in southern afghanistan. >>> gas prices are up 14 cents a gallon in the last three weeks, according to the lundberg survey to an average of $2.74 a gallon for regular. that's the highest level in more than a year. >>> police in milwaukee are hoping the surveillance video will help them catch a man who recently through a molotov cocktail at a gas station cashier, no one was hurt in the incident. >>> a study released today suggests an increasing number of american and high school and college students are wrestling with anxiety and depression, five times the number of those dealing with it during the great depression. an expert speculated that pop culture obsessed with appearance, status and wealth has contributed to mental health issues. and for the fourth weekend in a row, "avatar" held onto the top spot at the box office, taking in $4
pulled alive from the rubble on sunday, as more aid and u.s. troops arrive in haiti. >>> neck and neck, the race to fill t late ted kennedy's senate seat coming down to the wire. it all comes down to tomorrow's vote. and it could decide the fate of health care reform. >>> and hollywood's golden night. some of the biggest names in entertainment take top honors at the 67th annual golden globe awards. the winners and losers on stage and on the red carpet today, monday, january 18th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a monday morning, martin luther king jr. day, i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. some 12,000 service men and women are in the region helping to get supplies to earthquake survivors, but some say the aid is not arriving fast enough. >> there's a lot of frustration. let's get you caught up. some 70,000 bodies have been buried in mass graves. an on sunday, haiti's prime minister says he expects the final death toll to be 100,000 at a minimum. but 134 hours after the quake, survivors are still being found. at l
's old business for us. >>> but let's begin with a check of the morning's top stories. an curry over at the news desk, good morning to you, an. >>> good morning, everybody, we begin with the record-breaking cold sweeping across the nation, during the night, falling temperatures broke records in no fewer than eight cities in florida. heightening concerns about crops and about food prices. we've got nbc's ron mott in atlanta this morning with details. hey ron, good morning. >> reporter: in a city nicknamed hot atlantaa scenes like this one don't do much for that reputation. it's been frigid here for the better part of a week, the longest cold snap since 1982. and this big chill is getting costly. in florida this weekend, farmers like carl grooms had a lot of frozen fruit on their hands. and a disturbing crunch under their feet. as temperatures continued to plummet overnight. threatening to wipe out crops and the profits that come with them. >> if you're a farmer, you need to deal with the elements. and this is one of them. i wish she'd be a little kind to us right now and put a warm ha
and school and we're happy that they're spending part of their day with us. inside studio 1a, i'm matt lauer along side hoda kotb and amy robach. al and natalie are out in los angeles, covered the golden globes last night and now giving us a report. give us a sense of how much sleep you've got or haven't got in the last day or so. >> about an hour or two, combined. >> natly was doing the preshow. >> the preshow and the after-show. >> as soon as i finished last night, i went to bed. >> not a lot of sleep, but a lot of fun. it was worth it. >> we'll get to see what happened behind the scenes. and in particular, natalie, what it took for you to get ready? >> that's right. i had some professional help. it was good. >> we started the night out -- >> greeting arrivals on the red carpet, too. >> that's the ostrich dress. >> wow. >> the one you ended up in was spectacular. >> yeah, i have to say, it was a tough choice. i really could not decide. but in the end i went with comfort. >> you get to keep all the others? >> no, no. these are all borrowed. >> all right. so you'll get to see what the big pr
have simply vanished, but aid is arriving with the u.s. military now assisting the flow of flights into and out of the airport in port-au-prince. and 62 hours after the initial quake, there are some glimmers of hope. several people, including an american woman, were pulled from collapsed buildings overnight. >> and the red cross says it has collected more than $35 million in donations at this point. former presidents bill clinton and george w. bush are leading the private sector's fund-raising efforts. president clinton will join us live in a moment. but first, let's get the latest from ann curry, who is in port-au-prince. good morning to you, ann. >> reporter: meredith, good morning. we've got some breaking news for you this morning. the uss aircraft carrier "carl vincent" has arrived offshore, and right behind me, you can see those aircraft, those helicopters. they are considered the first wave of the aircraft that will begin to arrive here from the "uss karl vincent." this morning, three-star lieutenant general keen told us this is the beginning of a tremendous u.s. military eff
. jeff, how's it feel? >> reporter: manual labor, matt. usually, i'm used to just getting you coffee in the morning. this is the most manual labor i've done in a long time. >> well, you're doing very well. you really are. just remember, use your legs, okay? >> that's right. >> and you know, you might want to do the door for them. >> reporter: there you go. >> because they can't get out of the house until you get there. >> reporter: i know. have you seen that? look at this. >> we've seen jeff's report. he's done some shoveling before, so he's used to this. >> oh, man! >> that just means we love you, jeff. >> jeff, by the way, those people aren't home. anyway, we'll check with them a little later. >> they're on vacation, somewhere in tropical weather. >> exactly. out on the plaza in new york city, matt lauer along with natalie morales and al roker. >> so mean. >> and truth in advertising, our large crowd has dwindled to a hardy dozen or so. >> a real hardy dozen. good job, guys. >> this woman is here because she's stuck to the ground. that's how cold it is here. >>> anyway, coming up,
expanding its u.s. recall to include an additional 1 million vehicles, including 2008 to 2010 highlanders. >>> today, meantime, toyota said that -- rather, ford said that it earned $2.7 billion in 2009. that's the company's first profit in four years. >>> and there's a rescue at sea to tell you about in poland, where a dog found itself stuck on an ice floe in the middle of the baltic sea it was spotted by crew members on a research vessel who went out on a small boat to reach the dog. officials believe the animal traveled about 60 miles down the river on the ice before being swept out to sea. it is now three minutes past the hour. let's go back to -- they're now trying to find them a home. meantime, he's currently still aboard the ship. >> poor thing. >> that's a lucky dog. >> very lucky. >> very lucky dog. >> out at sea. my goodness. >> i think it was 18 miles off the coast. ann, thank you very much. mr. roker, how's the weather looking? >>> well, especially for our friends in the midwest and the plains, it's going to be very, very rough. in fact, this low pressure system comes out. you
,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless. today, u.s. military helicopters landed on the grounds of the earthquake-shattered presidential palace and began dropping off u.s. troops. with roads and bridges damaged, the u.s. military using planes and helicopters to make the drops of water and ready-to-eat meals. and meantime, searchers are still looking for survivors. on monday, a dramatic rescue. the remarkable story from our reporter bill neely of our british partner itn in port-au-prince. >> reporter: in the ruins of haiti, the signs aren't good. it's day six. the diggers tear at rubble, making survival beneath unlikely. one man looks on. ra j r raje still believes his wife, a bank worker, just might still be alive. he rushes in every time ground is cleared. this time, someone hears a noise. he calls for silence, then for his wife, jeanette. >> she's alive! >> reporter: "okay, she's there, she's alive," he says. they scrape away stones to expose a small hole and allow the first light to reach the woman in six days. her husband overwhelmed. i can hear jeanette talking. i put a mic
security was not found. >>> the military says four u.s. troops were killed on sunday by a roadside bomb in southern afghanistan. they are the first u.s. combat deaths in afghanistan this year. >>> bitter cold grips much of the nation this morning, with temperatures way below the normal for the rockies to florida. we've got nbc's jeff rossen in new york's times square on this. good morning. >> reporter: hey, ann, good morning to you. freezing on the streets of manhattan. just checked the wind chill. it makes it feel like nine degrees, an improvement from a couple of hours ago, when it was only five or six. we were thinking we had it bad, but then we looked up, international falls, minnesota. with a wind chill right now of negative 31. some cities, like new york, dealing with the bitter cold. others are dealing with heavy snow. and some are dealing with both at once. as snow piles up in the northeast and temperatures dip well below zero in the midwest, you have the winter weather lovers -- >> it's like a winter wonderland. >> and the haters. >> it's unreal -- it's a blizzard. >> reporter:
of that. >> reporter: as rescue teams mobilize from around the globe, the u.s. is pledging its full support. >> we will be providing both civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance, and our prayers are with the people that have suffered, their families and their loved ones. >> reporter: we just got word overnight that the woman we mentioned, jillian thorpe, an american who works with off fans and was trapped in the rubble of a building has been rescued. know there will be more survivor stories over the next few days, and possibly even weeks, but we also know this disaster may not be over. there's still many fears of continued aftershocks that could go on into weeks or months, landslides and more building collapses in a city where it's been estimated that some 60% of the buildings may be poorly built, matt. >> as you heard michelle kosinski tell us, american missionary jillian thorpe was pulled safely from the rubble of a collapsed building in port-au-prince. her husband, frank thorpe jr., who happened to be an intern with us here on "today," helped with that r
of course, his close friend in the u.s. senate, senator ted kennedy, died last summer. that was a major blow. dodd then picked up kennedy's mantle on health care legislation, but he's also spear-heading a comomise on landmark banking regulation. thatould now falter if dodd loses clt as a lam duck. dodd's decision to retire became knn only few hours after another democratic stalwart, senator byron dorga said he woul't run. he was also challenged at home. and senate majority leader reid di't know in advance of eier decision. he faces a tough election this year. >> how significant is the timing of these announcements and what do you think it will mean psychologically and symbolically for the democrats who face a tough november coming up? >> it's huge. do's decision could actually improve democratic chances in their state. there is a popular attorney general, richard blumenthal there. so thehave a chae of holding that seat. dorgan's seat wl probably be ken by north kota's republicans, may the governor if he chooses to run. now also, democrati governor bill ritter believedo be once a rising star
. as you know, they're used to major snow here in upstate new york near syracuse, but nothing quite like this. biggest storm here in three years. right now this is not a snow drift that i'm standing in. this is not a big pile of plowed snow. this is actually, matt, somebody's front lawn. somebody actually lives here. 52 inches of snow on the ground here right now. it's been snowing for nine days straight. not sure you can tell, but it's still coming down this morning. oh, and it's cold here, too, from the east to the midwest down to the south. i know it's winter, but even for january, this is cold. and snowy. keep trying. you can't escape it. >> when your eyelashes start to freeze, you know it's a bad sign. >> unless you're planning to move, you've got to deal with it as best you can. >> well, by the end of six days, i'll be glad for it to go. i'll be ready for some warm weather again. >> reporter: what's so striking is how widespread this is. today, more than half the country, 35 states, will see temperatures well below average. schools are closed across arkansas. ice jams are flooding
about the attempted christmas day bombing of northwest airlines flight 253. we are now learning that u.s. border security officers were already planning to question the accused bomber when he landed in detroit. apparently, they had become worried about him after that plane took off from amsterdam. nbc's savannah guthrie's at the white house with more on this. savannah, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, matt. senior aides say that would have been standard procedure for border and customs officials based on the suspect's appearance on that terror database, but obviously would have been too late to stop this plot. meanwhile, today the president's top terror adviser releases his report on what the president has called a potentially catastrophic screw-up by the u.s. government. one day after 23-year-old umar farouk abdulmutallab was indicted for attempting to blow up a detroit-bound passenger jet, the president's top terror adviser will unveil his findings on how it happened, a detailed, unclassified outline of where the nation's intelligence system broke down. the preside
in the u.s. while engineers try to fix a dangerous problem with gas pedals. and this morning the company says it doesn't know how long that will take. >>> and not so fast. students blindfold their girls basketball coach and set him up for an impossible shot to win tickets to the final four. two problems -- he makes the shot -- [ cheers and applause ] and they never had the tickets. the story of the prank gone wrong today, wednesday, january 27th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. you know, it's not just what the president says tonight in his address, it's also his ability to connect with the voters, that people will be watching. >> that's right. and judging by that nbc news/"wall street journal" poll, boy, he's got his work cut out for him. so, what kind of tone will he take? what does he need to say? we'll get a preview of the speech from white house press secretary robert gibbs. >>> also ahead, new developments this morning in the tragic death of nancy kerrigan
fleiss agreed to do? they're fighting their addictions and dr. drew pinsky is helping us with "celebrity rehab," it is season three now. >> before that, ann is inside with a look at the headlines. >> thanks a lot, matt. >>> in the news this morning, everybody, good morning once again, the democrats' filibuster majority in the senate is a bit more fragile today with word that two democrats will not seek re-electi re-election, and one of them, chris dodd, is chairman of the senate banking committee. having served five terms as senator, and he's also played a prominent role in the health care reform debate. the other not seeking re-election is byron dorgan after serving three terms in the senate. >>> multiple missile strikes hit northwest pakistan today, a haven for militants who attack american troops in afghanistan. the missiles, believed to be from u.s. drones, killed at least 13 people. >>> president obama says he will not tolerate further security breakdowns. on tuesday he called the christmas day airliner attack "a screw-up that could have been disastrous." he said the government had
it was incredibly partisan. does that tell us more about the speech or the room that it was delivered in? >> oh, i think it's both, but i think, without a doubt, the president had different messages for different groups. he was trying to speak to his own democratic base. he was trying to speak to even moderate democrats, independent voters who are frustrated with government. but he did want to do two things to the right. on one hand, he said look, i want to look for pragmatic ways to work together. i'm not going to try to shove health care down your throat, but i am going to blame you if you stand on the sidelines and require that it takes 60 votes in the senate to get nippianyth. you're going to have to be accountable for what goes on or doesn't get down in washington. he's playing the outsider. >> he says he wants a jobs bill sooner rather than later. how tough a battle, how tough will the fight be over the content of that bill? >> well, i don't think it will have to be that big. the house has passed the bill, they have to work on elements of that. the senate can take it up as well. there seems
, for the first time, the u.s. military air-dropped supplies of food and water into makeshift refugee camps. and the obama administration has eased restrictions on haitian orphans being adopted by americans, making it easier for them to enter this country. right now, about 60 are on a plane headed to pittsburgh, and we're going to have more on them in just a moment. >> we'll have more on this incredible rescue of a woman six days after that earthquake. her husband never gave up hope. on monday he heard a sound coming out of the rubble. that set off a dramatic rescue. their emotional reunion is coming up. >> incredible. >>> and on a much different note, jay leno has made a lot of jokes about the late-night shake-up here at nbc, but last night he got very serious about what's going on and exactly who knew what. we're going to hear his side of the story in just a bit. >>> but let's begin with the latest out of haiti. nbc's lester holt is in the capital of port-au-prince. good morning, lester. >> reporter: meredith, good morning. we're beginning to hear some complaints from aid agencies here ab
. >> you can come visit us anyway, joel, any time. >> all right. thanks. >> joel, thanks very much. >> thank you. >> teach you to mess with a coach. >> that's right, exactly. >>> let's get a check of the morning's top stories from ann curry over at the news desk. ann? >> i say we bring him anyway. >> yeah. >> thanks a lot, you guys. >>> in the news this morning, everybody -- good morning, once again -- aides say president obama will acknowledge the frustration of the american people when it comes to the economy in his state of the union address tonight. he is also expected to outline tax breaks for small businesses in an effort to lower the nation's 10% unemployment rate. earlier on this broadcast, white house press secretary robert gibbs said the president will also explain why he will not abandon his bid for health care reform. nbc news will cover the president's state of the union address live beginning at 9:00 eastern time tonight. >>> toyota is still trying to figure out what's causing gas pedals to stick on some of its most popular vehicles. it's already announced a massive r
used a lot of it to convince the american people he's focused on issue number one, the economy and jobs. >> the president called jobs his number one focus in 2010, and he told lawmakers he wanted a new jobs bill on his desk "without delay." in fact, it took president obama 33 minutes to bring up what was once his administration's biggest priority, and that would be health care. >> just ahead, some reaction to the speech from both sides of the aisle when we talk to vice president joe biden and former florida governor, republican jeb bush. but let's begin at the white house with nbc's chuck todd, our chief white house correspondent. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, matt. look, it was a very anited president obama last night who delivered his first state of the union that was as much about trying to shore up his own political standing with the american public as it was about laying out his agenda for the coming year. >> the worst of the storm has passed. >> reporter: the president took pains to talk about hope at a time when so many americans seemed to have so l
's presidential election, and for its part, iran is blaming the u.s. and israel for the bombing. >>> today, the president and first lady are attending the funeral of vice president joe biden's mother. jean biden, who once said to the vice president, "joey, you are not better than anyone else, but nobody is better than you," died friday at the age of 92. >>> both president obama and senate majority leader harry reid say that they're ready to put reid's racial remark behind them. on monday, reid publicly apologized for saying during the 2008 campaign that obama was electable because he was light-skinned and did not speak with what reid called a negro dialect. the president brushed it off as being inartful use of language. republicans, however, want reid to step down as majority leader. >>> labor leaders are warning of political consequences if democrats don't drop a proposed tax on high-value health insurance plans. president obama met monday night with the heads of the nation's largest unions and said workers should not be penalized for negotiating strong health benefits. the white house sa
was only trying to praise him but he used what the president calls inartful language. >> that's right. reid's remarks were revealed in a book called "game change" that also delves a lot into the mccain/palin campaign, including claims that john mccain's aides had serious questions about sarah palin's mental stability and that she was not senator mccain's first choice for a running mate. we're going to talk to the senator about it all in just a moment. >>> also, it is bonus season on wall street, but it seems the only people happy about that are the people receiving those bonuses. take a look at some of these numbers. the average payout for a jpmorgan chase employee, $463,000. goldman sachs, $595,000. both banks, you'll remember, were bailed out by taxpayer money. and again, those are the averages. some executives at these companies are going to get millions and millions of dollars. so, what, if anything, can the government do about all this? we're going to have much more on that, coming up. >>> plus, the latest on the late-night shuffling going on here at nbc. jay leno and conan o'brien had
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